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Contributing Editor at New York magazine, blogger, and author Andrew Sullivan is a popular source of provocative, astute political and social commentary. The Washington Post called him “a media pioneer,” and The New York Times said, “Andrew Sullivan might deserve to be remembered as the most influential political writer of his generation.”  His New York essay, America Has Never Been so Ripe for Tyranny, is a finalist for a National Magazine Award.

From 2000 to 2015, Sullivan chronicled every major political and cultural moment in real time on his blog, The Dish. During the blog’s life at TimeThe Atlantic, and independently, he helped to legitimize and advance the medium by publishing 250 to 300 posts a week. In assessing his body of work, New York magazine said, "[T]he archive makes a case for Sullivan’s outsize influence on the politics of the new century." 

Joining New York magazine as contributing editor in 2016, Sullivan covers politics and culture, and occasionally writes features, such as his coverage of the 2016 Democratic and Republican National Conventions. Also in 2016, Sullivan announced two new books: Keeping the Faith, a spiritual memoir about the future and meaning of Christianity in the 21st Century, and a 30-year retrospective of essays, reviews and posts entitled Thinking Out Loud.

Sullivan was The New Republic’s youngest editor-in-chief, acknowledged for making the magazine more relevant to his generation. He was named Editor of the Year by Adweek and received multiple National Magazine Awards. After working for TIME and The New York Times Magazine, he served as a senior editor for The Atlantic.

One of its earliest activists, Sullivan set the gay rights movement’s agenda for the following two decades with the landmark works: 1995's Virtually Normal: An Argument About Homosexuality and 1989's "Here Comes the Groom: A (Conservative) Case for Gay Marriage."  

Sullivan argued for a conservatism based on practical restraint, individual freedom, constitutional norms, and skepticism in The Conservative Soul: Fundamentalism, Freedom, and the Future of the Right.  

An Oxford graduate who received his PhD from Harvard, Sullivan has written extensively on a wide range of topics, including the Iraq and Afghanistan wars, civil liberties, the legalization of marijuana, human rights, and the future of media. A practicing Catholic, he has challenged the Church's position on gay life. Sullivan is a regular panelist on Real Time with Bill Maher.

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  • Debate on American Democracry - Closing Statement (2017)
  • Assessing the Trump administration, Deciphering Elections & Unrest Overseas (2017)
  • "Conservatism And Its Discontents" T.H. White Lecture with Andrew Sullivan (2011)
  • Andrew Sullivan interviewed at the 92nd St. Y in New York (2015)
  • Debate on American Democracy - Opening Statement (2017)
  • Sullivan talks the 2016 Election on Hardball (2016)
  • Sullivan on The Colbert Report (2012)
  • The Politics of Homosexuality (2010)
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Speaking Topics
American Democracy in the Age of Trump
In Recovery from Digital Life: How Can We Become Human Again?
Why I'm A Christian: A 21st Century Reflection on Faith

Andrew Sullivan – in a talk both autobiographical and meditative – explains how he remains a Christian in the modern world. 

As a gay man and an HIV survivor, Sullivan recounts how the Christian Gospel sustained and healed him in his darkest moments, even as the official Church often rejected him. His version of Christianity – mystical and modern, overlapping with Buddhist themes and rooted in humility and mercy – is, he argues an essential resource if humankind is to avoid catastrophe in the near future. 

He argues for an acceptance of science and its discoveries; a rejection of Biblical literalism; and a focus on the core themes of Jesus of Nazareth: letting go, rather than holding on; giving rather than receiving; embracing the stranger and rejecting the tribe; and a preference for being over doing.

Inclusive, inspiring, innovative: this is a view of Christianity very much alive and compe

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A Limited Defense of Inequality
The Case for Legal Marijuana: A Conservative Take
Economics, Ethics and the Future of Media
Why Defeating Jihadism Matters
The Conservative Soul: How We Lost It, How to Get It Back

Andrew Sullivan delivers a defense of old-style conservatism and explains how it has been abandoned in the last decade, epitomized by the Bush administration. Sullivan attacks the Bush era conflation of politics and religion as un-conservative; he derides the vast expansion of government spending and power in the Republican years; and calls for a conservatism that champions fiscal rectitude, smaller government, reform of the welfare state, and a prudent foreign policy. He also defends a different form of Christianity than that represented by the religious right. Where fundamentalism emphasizes judgment, doctrine and church-state fusion, Sullivan espouses a Christianity more geared toward forgiveness, love and individual conscience, free from state interference. Where the old ideological divide used to be between right and left, Sullivan argues that the new, more potent one is between certainty and doubt. Sullivan sees conservatism as a philosophy rooted in doubt, freedom and constitutional government. And he sees fundamentalism – both in Islam and Christianity – as conservatism’s main enemy today.

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Books & Other Works
  • Same-Sex Marriage: Pro and Con, A Reader
  • NEW YORK cover story: America Has Never Been So Ripe For Tyranny
  • Virtually Normal
  • How Obama's Long Game Will Outsmart His Critics
  • The Atlantic Cover Story: Dear President Bush
  • Here Comes the Groom: A (Conservative) Case for Gay Marriage
  • Intimations Pursued: The Voice of Practice in the Conversation of Michael Oakeshott
  • The Conservative Soul: Fundamentalism, Freedom, and the Future of the Right
  • Love Undetectable: Notes on Friendship, Sex, and Survival
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“Andrew was eloquent, smart, funny and generous with his time and energy. Easily among our very best speakers ever!”
Cal State Bakersfield
“Andrew was fantastic – one of our best debaters in the history of the series. Passion and rational argument – very impressive. ”
The Munk Debates
“Andrew gave a great talk both in assembly and in the evening...We enjoyed him a great deal. Very provocative conversations and just the right tone.”
Phillips Exeter Academy
“He was absolutely incredible! Eloquent, gracious, enlightening and very, very intelligent.”
Newport Beach Public Library
“Be warned: Sullivan sometimes posts dozens of times a day. If you’ve never read him, it might be better not to start. A curiosity can lead to a habit, and a habit to an addiction. And then, without quite knowing how it happened, you may find yourself beginning a sentence with, 'As Andrew said...'”
Harvard Magazine
“Andrew Sullivan has a remarkable ability to engage his audience with the questions of the day. He has become one of America’s leading public intellectuals for good reason: his analytical eye, his profound depth of empathy, and his convictions create the kind of moment that sustains conversation over weeks. Andrew listens and responds candidly with wit and wisdom to both student and professor. Andrew represents the kind of citizen scholar that the Republic makes possible.
University of Mississippi
“Andrew was a huge hit -- his lecture was excellent. He really lived up to, and greatly exceeded, everything we expected and hoped for.”
Colby College
“Andrew's presentation had the clarity, eloquence and intellectual firepower one would expect from him.”
Boston College
“It would be hard for me to overstate how enthusiastically your talk has been received here.”
Loomis Chaffee
“Several attendees noted his was 'the best, most thought provoking' set of sessions.”
Public Affairs Council
“I would like to share with you that he was a huge success, well worth the fee.”
Earlham College
“Your presentation at Alma College was one of our finest hours for our Speaker's Series. Your ability to give a presentation that is intelligent, entertaining, and accessible is remarkable. I was surprised and pleased at how well the event was attended by significant numbers of both the "town and gown" communities and at how much "hallway buzz" was created the day after as those in attendance discussed and debated your remarks.”
Alma College
“Andrew is a remarkable young man with a keen intellect who also happens to be one of the best speakers I have heard...
Utah Valley Regional Medical Center
“Andrew was fabulous. The lecture was extremely well attended, and everyone stood up afterwards and applauded.
Wellesley College
“The caliber of his talk ranks among the highest we've had the honor to sponsor here.”
Washington University, St. Louis
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Gun Control
Human Rights
Jewish Issues
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Middle East
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Same Sex Marriage
Social Change
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